RiverFest Event Types
Event #1, Bedford Boat Landing (Route 225), Carlisle
Sunday, July 2, 5:15 am
Join Alan Ankers for a 2 to 3-hour paddle along the Concord River through the Carlisle, Bedford and Billerica sections of Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, with a stop for a hearty breakfast at a casual riverside restaurant. This event is sponsored by the Town of Carlisle Conservation Department.
Bring your canoe/kayak, life jacket (required), binoculars if you have them, and water. Meet at the Bedford Boat Landing (Rte. 225).
Location: Bedford Boat Landing (Route 225), Carlisle
Event #2, Route 20 boat launch, Wayland
Saturday, July 8, 9:00 am
Travel in time as you paddle with Brian Donahue, Brandeis University history professor and expert on the Sudbury River. Paddle to Sherman’s Bridge through the wide meadows that prompted the founding of Wayland and Sudbury and hear stories of a fascinating and sometimes lurid past. Meet at the Rte. 20 Sudbury River boat launch. Bring your canoe/kayak and life jacket (required). Cars will be available at Sherman’s Bridge Rd. to ferry you back. For more information: 508-358-2980.
Please Note: Because of recent rain, the river is high. Be prepared to unload your boat and then park you car at the nearby shopping center parking lot.
Location: Route 20 boat launch, Wayland
Event #3, Concord River
Recreating On Our Rivers
Sunday, July 16, 12:30 pm
Space is limited. Registration by July 15 is required. A parent or guardian must be present.
Exploring on and along our rivers is the most fun way to learn about them. Learn how to do so safely and with respect! Participants will have the opportunity to paddle in a canoe on a Wild & Scenic River! Details will be emailed to you.
This is one of our Junior River Ranger programs, designed for children 6-12. Explore and learn about our rivers with us or on your own and complete the Junior River Ranger Booklet to earn a Junior River Rangers badge and certificate.
Location: Concord River
Event #4, Fairhaven Bay
Fairhaven Bay Nature Paddle
Saturday, July 22, 10:00 am
This event is currently full. If you register, you will be added to a waiting list.
Join Lincoln Conservation Ranger Will Leona on a leisurely 2-hour paddle along the scenic Sudbury River. Enjoy a brief history of the area and be on the lookout for local wildlife along the way. Sightings may include great blue herons, beaver lodges and dams, belted kingfishers, Canada geese, white-tailed deer, bald eagles, painted turtles and more. Also learn about invasive aquatic plant management efforts being done in the area. Bring your kayak/canoe and life jacket (required), sunscreen, clothing/footwear that can get wet, a snack to eat during a short stop and water.
Location: Fairhaven Bay
Event #5, N. Billerica
Paddle the Concord River
Sunday, July 23, 2:00 pm
Space is limited. Registration by July 21 is required.
Enjoy this 3-hour easy flatwater paddle, with leader Marlies Henderson, from just below the Billerica Falls toward the Lowell Centennial dam. Bring your own canoe/kayak and life jacket (required).
Location: N. Billerica
Event #6, Sherman's Bridge landing, Wayland
Sturgeon Full Moon Paddle
Tuesday, August 1, 6:00 pm
Join leader Roger Beatty (OARS Board of Directors member) for a paddle on the beautiful Sudbury River. It’s the perfect way to celebrate our rivers, and enjoy the wildlife that come out just before sunset, on this first full moon of August. The Wayland paddle is about 5 miles round trip. Bring your own canoe/kayak and life jacket (required). Pre-registration is required. Limited spaces will be available for those who don’t own boats on a first com first served basis.
Location: Sherman's Bridge landing, Wayland
Come, connect, and experience your local Wild and Scenic Rivers! A RiverFest Summer!
Enjoy free hikes, paddles, walks, music, and family fun all summer long in this annual celebration of the Sudbury, Assabet, and Concord Wild and Scenic River. Explore all the rivers have to offer, just west of Boston!
Be a Junior River Ranger this Summer!
Through hands-on activities, learn how special our Wild & Scenic Rivers are and how you can help protect them. Join one, or all, of our fun hands-on Junior River Ranger events, listed with a river ranger badge, to receive a River Rangers booklet. Complete the booklet with us or through your own explorations to earn a Junior River Ranger badge and certificate. If you can’t join us, email or call 617-981-2116 to have your free booklet mailed to you. Or download a pdf version of the booklet from the link below. Designed for kids 6-12.
- What Is Your Watershed Address?
- Recreating On Our Rivers
- Family Fishing & Festivities at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge
- Stories, Dance, Art, and History at the Old Manse